The first-term commissioner has been flirting with a run for months, saying that progressive elected officials, unions and community groups are urging him to run.
Johnson rattled off a potential campaign platform with ease last month at a City Club of Chicago event, saying, “It’s making sure people can afford to live here, making sure the community is safe, quite frankly. Making sure that everybody is actually putting a little skin in the game in having a more equitable tax structure to make sure the people who are indigenous to this land do not continue to get forced out.”
If he jumps into the race, it’s expected his campaign will receive large financial backing from the Chicago Teachers Union. Johnson is a CTU member and worked closely with President Stacy Davis Gates as a political and legislative organizer over the last decade at the powerful union. His campaign for Cook County commissioner was supported with over $140,000 from the union’s political action committee.
Johnson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary to continue serving as county commissioner in the 1st District and is expected to easily win re-election in November in the heavily democratic seat representing Chicago’s West Side and Oak Park.
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September 6, 2022 at 04:40PM